I thought I’d look at the options of creating a tablecentre with a glass hurricane lamp I picked up at a discount shop for $15. I thought this quite reasonable, and after the adding the decorations, the total cost would be around AU$20 each – if you have flowers for tablecentres, the cost may well be three times this.
The first tablecentre has a beach theme – these lamps really lend themselves to a beach theme. From the same discount store I purchased a pillar candle for $4.00 and a bag of black river pebbles for $2.00. For this centrepiece I used about a 1/4 of the bag of stones in the base, and then used a stem of pink silk frangipani (again $2), cutting half of the stem off and simply circling it around the inside base of the lamp. You could of course use fresh flowers for this, and orchids and cherry blossom would look great. And of course you need to make sure that the contents don’t touch the top of the candle, you don’t want to start any fires!
This tablecentre uses small shells and silk frangipani in the base. You could also use white river pebbles and frangipani, or white river pebbles and small coloured starfish.
This tablecentre uses cream coloured sinamay to add a beachy texture.
Lastly, this very simple tablecentre uses a handful of freeze-dried rose petals in the base, a simple easy idea that is very romantic – surrounded by tealights and rose petals on the table it would look really beautiful. It smells gorgeous too.